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Family pay tribute to woman who died after A591 crash

Jill Smith with her husband David Smith.

The family of Jill Smith, aged 85, who died following a collision on the A591 near Ambleside on Wednesday 3 April have paid tribute to her life.

The collision occurred near to the Low Wood Hotel shortly before 2.30pm on 4 April 2019 and involved two cars which were travelling in opposite directions, a Vauxhall and a Honda.

Jill Smith, aged 85, was travelling as a passenger in the Vauxhall, she was airlifted to the RLI but subsequently died.

The driver of the Vauxhall car, a man in his 80s, was also taken to RLI with minor injuries.

The four occupants of the Honda also suffered minor injuries.

Paying tribute Jill Smith’s family said: “We have all been completely shocked  and devastated at the loss of a much loved wife, mum and granny.

“She was such a kind and gentle person and a dear friend to many, especially through the church, local community and her love of flower arranging.

“Originally from King’s Lynn in Norfolk where she met her husband David – they moved to the Lake District 42 years ago. They initially ran a hotel in Ambleside and have always enjoyed life in beautiful Lakeland.

“It is with great sadness that Jill has been taken from us. She will be truly missed by all her family and her many friends. We will treasure every memory of her.

“Our family have received many messages and tributes about the part Jill played in their lives. We very much appreciate the show of  love and support and would like to thank everyone for their kind words at this very difficult time.

“We would also like to extend our thanks to the Air Ambulance and paramedic crews, staff at the Lancaster Royal Infirmary and the Cumbria fire and police services for all their care and help.”

Anyone who witnessed this collision but has yet to come forward is asked to contact Cumbria Police referencing incident 104 of 3 April 2019.

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